Friday, April 5, 2013

Book Review - Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer
ISBN-13: 9780312642969
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 2/5/2013

Goodread's Synopsis:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I loved this book!  I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Cinder, as well.  The whole idea behind the story is unique and familiar at the same time.  Marissa uses the familiar storybook characters we all know to tell a brand new story that is exciting and unpredictable.
The main female character, Scarlet is a strong young woman forced into a horrible situation.  Throughout her journey, you meet interesting characters and see how their lives intertwine with characters from the previous book. 
The romance between the two main characters is full of tension.  While this isn't a sexy book, the sexual tension adds a lot of interest.  Wolf, the main male character, is mysterious and protective and extremely alpha male.
Meyer adds another new character, Captain Thorne to the cast.  He is very funny and adds just the right amount of light heartedness to this intense action packed plot.
Overall, my favorite thing about Meyer's books is her ability to make the world she writes play out in real color in my mind.  I feel like am watching all of this happen instead of just reading about it.  She plays a movie in your mind without using so much description that it slows down the story.
If you haven't read these books, go get them!  Cinder and Scarlet are out now, unfortunately we will have to wait till next year for the next book.

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